I moved to Mountain View 2013 for an engineering job at Google, which was a very exciting career change for me and gives me a better chance to change the world.
My parents are environmental scientists and I grew up in rural Australia as a shy boy who liked catching animals. I'll always keep those small-town, old-fashion values but life is too short to be shy anymore. Friends describe me as funny, laid-back and a gentleman. If I had just three words to choose myself I'd go with honest, playful and affectionate - the rest you'd have to figure out yourself.
I have many passions, but up the top of the list are: nature(bush-walking/hiking, camping and spotlighting), sport (soccer, touch football and tennis), music, travelling, trying new things, writing online articles (how many you'll never guess), art, comedy and.... wait for it... dancing. I’m good enough at Latin dance that I can teach a girl the basics of salsa in ten minutes flat, but I’m certainly no professional and frankly I don’t really want to be - I go for exercise and the love of music. :)
I'm also a very neat and organized person who's very excited to live in my own apartment facing a koi pond and I'm thrilled that I can finally use my weekends to have fun and explore this place! I already have a few favorite hiking trails you should ask me about! :)
Life throws at you things you don't expect, but my company provides such a generous and amazing workplace, I could imagine myself for them for a very long time! What's cooler still is that I work on Google maps and it inspires me constantly to travel more.... although first I'll have to clock up some vacation days.
So far I've been throughout South East Asia, to a small amount of Europe, four countries in Africa (my favorite so far!), Canada, New Zealand and the a few other random places I won't list..... but not China or Japan! *pout*
I've been to ten state in America but almost all on the eastern side, so one of these day I really want to visit the Everglades in Florida.
I'd like to think older people also notice that I smile a lot and am very easy to approach and talk to. My personality is very laid back and it's in my nature to always want to keep the people around me happy. I like to laugh a lot.
MOVIES: Love movies too!!! My favorite was the emotional roller-coaster "Lassy goes to the park". A few others: "The Avengers" (for action), "The Incredibles" (for comedy), "The Shaw shank Redemption" (as something serious) and "Love Actually" (for romance).
TV: Modern family, 30 rock, New girl, Monty python and Firefly.
BOOKS: I read lots of non-fiction as a kid, but if I have time nowadays I prefer reading books on physiology. Discussing that kind of stuff is always fun.
FOOD: Not fussy, but I do miss a good meat pie. :-)
> Friends - as a new person in town, most of friends are in San Diego and Australia, but when a friend is in trouble I still try helping out however I can.
> Music and dancing - I don't dance every day, nor do I listen to music constantly, but if either went missing from life I think the world would become fairly gray.
> My car - there was a long period as poor PhD student and postdoc when I managed without a car.... but I swear I'm never giving up that independence again!
> Interwebs - I'm not big on computer games, but email and the internet is my livelihood! The web is how I connect with my friends and family back home! I can survive a month without it if I'm on holidays, but any more and I'd have some serious withdraws.
> Mental stimulation - I may have a "dr" in front of my name, but that the more you know, the more you know you don't know. Being mentally stimulated by conversation, humor and day-to-day challenges is what kepts our engines running. That and food perhaps. :-P